Longtime BLM photographer Bob Wick retires, amazing work lives on

Bob Wick along the Molalla Wild and Scenic River in Oregon
The Burning Man event at the Black Rock-High Rock-Emigrant Trails NCA in NV. This image highlights the broad array of recreation uses the bureau accommodates on public lands. (Photo by Bob Wick)
During wet springs, the normally dry Carrizo Plain comes alive with a profusion of indescribable wildflower displays. The National Monument conserves the largest array of T&E wildlife in CA and is a great example of a BLM-State and NGO (Nature Conservancy) partnership. (Photo by Bob Wick)
Colorado River Valley FO employees monitor well-pad restoration success. Bob says: “Although I’m best known for photographing conservation and recreation uses on BLM lands, I have also been able to capture a cross section of employees and multiple-uses. In all cases, when spending time with field employees, I was always impressed at how dedicated they were to caring for protection and sustainability of lands and resources while providing for permitted uses.” (Photo by Bob Wick)
Bob says: “This photo taken in Alaska was one of my favorite photo experiences. In the lower 48 a twilight glow after sunset lasts about 15 or 20 minutes. Here along the Denali Highway, I sat up all “night” and watched the twilight continue for several hours before the sun rose. View is of Mount Hayes: At 13,800 feet it is one of the highest mountains on BLM-managed lands.” (Photo by Bob Wick)
Bob says: “One of my favorite photo assignments was setting up in a blind (tent) at a Lek in the Bodie Hills, CA. I was awakened at about 4 am when the birds first started coming in — the males sound like coffee percolators as they strut. This particular photo has been published internationally in articles regarding sage grouse conservation.” (Photo by Bob Wick)
A father and daughter looking over Indian Creek and one of the Six Shooters in Monticello UT FO. Bob says: “I always like including kids in photos where I can, as they add a message of the future and the importance of considering the future.” (Photo by Bob Wick)
Bob and his husband Noah in a selfie at the CA Coastal National Monument in Trinidad, CA. Bob says: “This spot was 10 minutes from our house and it is a unique example of BLM retaining “leftover lands” that are highly significant — not just scenic but refugia for seabirds and marine mammals.” (Photo by Bob Wick)
Pony Express Trail west of Casper WY. Bob says: “The vast sagebrush steppe of WY was a perfect place to capture an image of the young men who rode for the Pony Express. In this image, a young woman, a member of the Pony Express Re-Ride group, helped us re-enact the Pony Express Ride.” (Photo by Bob Wick)



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